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Venom and Eternity

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Venom and Eternity, image courtesy of Re:Voir
Venom and Eternity, image courtesy of Re:Voir

Venom and Eternity

Rare 35mm print

(Traité de bave et d'éternité, Isidore Isou, 1951)

Thu, May 3, 2018 7 PM

Venom and Eternity is poet and artist Isidore Isou’s impossible-to-summarize film-manifesto for Lettrism, the Paris-based avant-garde art movement he founded in the mid-1940s. A link between the Surrealists and Situationists, Lettrists prized radical originality and attacked anything hinting of the status quo. As realized in Venom and Eternity, conventional cinema is deconstructed: sound is divorced from image, the image is physically distressed, and narrative is pulled apart. Quite simply, it’s one of the craziest films ever made and a major influence on such future experimentalists as Stan Brakhage. With appearances by such notable French cultural figures as Jean Cocteau, Blaise Cendrars, Marcel Achard, and Blanchette Brunoy. (132 mins., 35mm)

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